Wolk for care organisations

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1 in 4 elderly people who suffer a hip fracture pass away within 1 year.

A hip fracture can have big consequences
  • 1 in 4 elderly people pass away within 1 year
  • 50% of people become less mobile
  • Significant mental impact on victim and loved ones
Fear of falling reduces the quality of life
  • Chance of falling increases due to fear of falling
  • 54% of elderly people who live independently are afraid of falling
  • 38% of elderly people who live independently avoid many daily activities due to fear of falling




No immediate, effective measures for hip protection
  • Existing hip protectors are not effective
  • Fixation to bed or chair is not common practice (anymore)
  • Thai-chi and fall training are effective after repeat falls, but do not reduce the actual risk
16,000 hip fractures every year in the Netherlands
  • More than 1 million fall incidents involving the elderly (65+) every year
  • Trend: This number will increase due to an ageing population.
  • Approx. 16,000 elderly people in the Netherlands (65+) fracture a hip every year (1.5M worldwide)
  • 200,000 elderly people in the Netherlands are at high risk (more than 4% chance) of sustaining a hip fracture this year
Total costs related to hip fractures in the Netherlands are more than €650M
  • €16,000 in direct care costs and €25,000 in rehabilitation costs per fractured hip per patient -> €41,000 in total
  • Total annual care costs €656M (excl. costs for increased care need in the nursing, care and home help sector)

Which clients could benefit from Wolk?

Risk of fracture and fall risk are important factors

Fall-related risk factors


  • Previous falls
  • Mobility disorders and balance issues
  • Not independent in ADL activities
  • Age
  • Independently mobile

Source: see page 75 in the

Guideline on Prevention of Fall Incidents in the Elderly


Bone-related risk factors


  • Low weight
  • Age
  • Previous fracture after 50 years of age
  • Hip fracture in a parent
  • Reduced mobility

Source: see page 47 in the

Guideline on Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention

Wolk Advisory Committee

Prof.dr. Gerard Jan Blauw

Prof. Internal Medicine /

Geriatric Medicine LUMC

Dr.ir. Johan Molenbroek

Assoc. Prof. Ergonomics (ret.)

TU Delft

Prof.dr. Rob Nelissen

Prof. Orthopaedics


Marco Wisse

GRZ Director

Vivium Zorggroep

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